John Klapper

Colleges, School and Institutes

Research interests

Interests across the field of foreign language learning and teaching, including content-based language learning, pedagogical grammar, language teacher development, and quantitative and qualitative research into the development of foreign language proficiency, particularly the role of residence abroad. Further interests in the field of twentieth-century German literature, especially the work of oppositional writers and the literary Inner Emigration in Nazi Germany (Andres, Wiechert, Bergengruen, Reck-Malleczewen, Juenger, le Fort, Schneider, Mitterer).

Education/Academic qualification

  • Doctor of Philosophy, University of Birmingham

  • Master of Letters, University of Oxford

    Guilt and Reconciliation in the Work of Stefan Andres

  • Bachelor of Arts, University of Birmingham

    Joint Honours German/Russian

Professional Qualifications

  • Fellow of the Higher Education Association, FHEA

  • HEFCE National Teaching Fellow, NTF

  • Postgraduate Certificate of Education, PGCE


Willingness to take PhD students


PhD projects

Professor Klapper is interested in supervising postgraduate research on the following topics:

German inner emigrant writers
Literature under National Socialism
Language pedagogy
Instructed second language acquisition